Announcing our next MOOC!

Last October, SISCC ran our first massive online open course (MOOC) as part of our Knowledge into Action at Scale work. We want to find out if MOOCs can influence practice and behaviour change in health and social care.

Our first course, called Compassionate Care: Getting it Right ran in 2016, and will run again this summer – you can register your interest now.

We’re about to launch the second course, this one called Tackling Inequalities Through Health and Social Care Design. Here’s the trailer on YouTube:

On this course, we aim to develop awareness about inequalities among practitioners of health and social care. Some may think that inequalities are a problem that individuals can’t improve on – but, by hearing from people across Scotland who are leading improvement projects that impact on health and social inequalities at a national, regional and local level – learners will see that it is indeed possible for them to get involved in improvements like these, where they live and work.

Projects that are designed by practitioners to improve the outcomes of people in local areas or within specific demographics can be highly effective when they are designed using co-creation, or when they involve collaborative working across sectors. On the course, these themes come up often as we hear about a series of Scottish initiatives: The Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC), Mouth Matters, Vulnerable in Pregnancy (VIP) and GPs at the Deep End.

We’ve used Scotland as a case study on the course to help us explore what inequalities are, looking at some of the challenges that contribute to poor health outcomes and considering how services can be designed to reduce inequalities. Using the example of successful projects here, we’ll take a look at how quality improvement can play a role in reducing inequalities.

The course covers topics including:

  • The social determinants of health
  • Hidden health inequalities
  • The human right to services
  • Technology & access to care
  • Designing an improvement project
  • Identifying unintended consequences
  • Ethnic, cultural and gender differences in health outcomes
  • Nutrition & diet in early years
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to improvement
  • Substance misuse in Scotland
  • Criminal justice and health outcomes
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Designing services for vulnerable groups
  • Excess mortality in Scotland
  • The Model for Improvement
  • Addressing patient well-being via co-located services

We are looking forward to sharing the results of our research on these MOOCs through our website in the next few months.

Please join us on the courses and invite your colleagues to join in, too. They are free CPD opportunities. You can register for Tackling Inequalities Through Health and Social Care Design and Compassionate Care: Getting it Right on FutureLearn.

We hope to have people with different backgrounds and experiences, on the course. There is so much learn from each others’ practice, so whether you are a health professional, social worker, policymaker, student or service user, please join us and share your knowledge and perspective.

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